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Al Jazeera America
Oct 30, 2013 6:00am EDT
light to drill for oil. >> the u.n. says the long drawn out battle between government troops and rebels in the democratic republic of congo is drawing to a close. congolese soldiers are launching an assault to retake the last town held by armed fighters known as the m23 rebels. a bit of background. the m23 are a group of tute si fighters who defected from the government. the conflicts forced 800,000 people to flee their homes. the push by the congolese troops has been largely successful because they are backed by a u.n. prevention brigade sent to crush the rebels. the m23 fighters abandoned their military positions in the east and are confined to a small down close to the ugandan border called rumanagabo. >> they have been fighting hard for days. they are getting ready to fight again. they are congolese government troops and have taken a string of towns back from the m23 rebels. the fighters hold a town on the ugandan border, a few kilometres from here. the congolese tanks are getting ready for what the army says is a final push against the m23 rebels. the morale is high. they've had se
Al Jazeera America
Oct 27, 2013 8:00pm EDT
say the syrian government disclosed 23 chemical weapon sites. the head of the opcw u.n. team said that the country has been cooperative. >> we have had good meetings with the syrian government, there's continued strong cooperation with the secretary-general and the director of opcw. we build on this. we have one shared goal - the elimination of the program, which is of benefit to all and the syrian people. >> not all are convinced, as evidenced on abc's "this week", in syria the chemical weapons are catalogued, inspectors are in there finding and putting a stop to the program. >> we'll see. i'm a sceptic, like a lot of others are. i know friends in the region are worried. >> syria is believed to possess around 1,000 met rig tonnes of chemical weapons, including mustard gas and sarin, which they denied for years. they deny any involvement in the august 21st chemical weapons attack that killed 1,400 people there. under threat of u.s. military action rush abrokered a deal with the united states for sir why to destroy their stockpiles. it is complicated and it's not decided how or whe
Al Jazeera America
Nov 4, 2013 2:00am EST
documents about the n.s.a., including information that the u.s. has spied on allies. if he returns to the u.s. he faces charges of espionage. he is in russia where he was granted asylum. >> a gunman involved in the killing at los angeles international airport talked to police. he told them he acted alone, the admission coming after he was shot by officers. he killed a t.s.a. employee and injured three others. the 23-year-old is facing murder charges and the death penalty. he's in critical condition and under 24 hour armed surveillance. >> an alabama airport is being reopened after a bomb threat. officials at birmingham-shuttlesworth international airport say they found a note warning of a pom in the main terminal -- of a bomb in the main terminal and called the federal bureau of investigation. after a sweep the airport was cleared. it was up and running two hours later. a dozen flight were delayed or diverted. passengers were briefly evacuated during the shutdown. >> while colder air is coming out of canada, into the united states we have wet, warm weather coming up into texas from the sout
Al Jazeera America
Oct 28, 2013 2:00am EDT
france was listening to her calls in the late 1990s. she was at the u.n. when a french ambassador asked her about something she said during a private call with someone else. she said, "this is not a surprise, countries spy on each other." >> 60 are dead after a wave of bombings across iraq, striking shi item areas, and sold years in mosul. there were more than 10 blasts. the attacks were the latest in a surge of blasts, more than 5,000 this year. >> syria met a deadline as it works to remove chemical weapons arsenal, in line with an agreement to eliminate all weapons by mid-2014. kilmeny duchardt has more. >> syria is reportedly meeting an ambitious deadline set by the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons, otherwise known as opcw, to destroy lethal stockpiles by next year. syria handed over details of poison gas and nerve agent programs on thursday, ahead of the october 27th deadline. opcw is not releasing the report, but the syrian government disclosed 23 chemical weapons' sites. the head. opcw un team said the country has been cooperative. >> we had good meetings with
Al Jazeera America
Oct 28, 2013 5:00pm EDT
as deputy attorney general in the bush administration. >>> u.n. envo arab league envoys trying to build support for peace talks next month. >>> nearly a year after super storm sandy ellis island opens. if you would like the latest on any of the stories in our bulletins we encourage you to head on over to our website at once again, tony harris. >> tonight on "inside story" the united states spies on friends, not just foes. is this the new business or usual or is it damaging american foreign policy. plus the influence of rock legend lou reed and his impact on the culture from the 60s to today. >> hello, i'm libby casey. tonight on inside story we'll take a walk on the wild side and look at the life and legacy of iconic rocker lou reed who died at the age of 71. first we'll focus on american spying, specifically spying on friends, and our friends are not happy. tonight you can add spain to the list of countries that are demanding answers. the newest details emerge in this spanish newspaper "el mundo" reporting that phone calls from surveye survei. over
Al Jazeera America
Oct 30, 2013 5:00am EDT
as possible. and as quick as possible. >> the u.n. backed mayor in cam bodia is in the final stage of a trial of the two most senior leaders arrived. the two men are accused of war crimes. we go to phonm penh. >> a city of 2 million emptied in less than a day. it's normally busy streets quite. 17 april 1975 marked the start of a reign of terror for many cam bodians. that mark khmer rouge soldiers marched into the city as victors. the people of phonm penh welcomed them, happy that a 5-year civil war was over. hours later they were all ordered to leave for the country side. this man was lying in phonm penh at the time. >> we were told the americans were planning to bomb the city. the soldiers told us we'd return in a few days. >> he was forced to march for a week with his family. his 3-year-old son didn't survive the journey. like others, he died from disease and starvation. the khmer rouge was trying to create a rural utopia. the 4-year reign would kill intellectuals, teachers - anyone accused of being a spy. this was a french photographer in phonm penh the day it fell. he never imagined the e
Al Jazeera America
Oct 30, 2013 7:00am EDT
. >> there has not been a mass casualty here in the u.s. since 2001. that's not by luck. >> the head of the n.s.a. defiantly defending the spy agency. the general says gathering intelligence around the world is critical and helps to keep america safe from terrorists. >> the war raging in syria claiming some surprising new victims. children are being diagnosed with polio because they don't have access to adequate health care. >> it is reported that at 8:58 p.m., a huge object believing to be a meteor right fell on a farm. >> 75 years ago, martians innovated the planet or people listening to the radio thought they did. a look back at the war of the world broadcast that caused widespread panic across the country. >> good morning. welcome to aljazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. >> good to have you with us on this wednesday. two hours from now, the health and human services secretary will testify. >> many are saying she should be fired. >> kathleen see bellous will be asked to explain the failure of the health care website. we have more on what she might say today. >> good morning. you know, kathl
Oct 31, 2013 6:00pm PDT
it today. it's part of syria's agreement with the u.n. to destroy all chemical facilities and weapons by mid-2014. we'll have more on syria, later in the program. china demanded an explanation today after reports that u.s. and australian embassies are being used as hubs for electronic spying. an account in the "sydney morning herald" said the intelligence collection is happening across southeast asia. in beijing, a foreign ministry spokeswoman delivered her government's reaction. we demand they abide by international convention and don't engage in actions that hurt china's national security and interest. >> woodruff: separately, the union representing german journalists advised its members to stop using google and yahoo, after reports that u.s. and british intelligence have tapped their data centers. we'll have more on the ongoing storm over surveillance, right after the news summary. kenya struck back today at militants in somalia who attacked a shopping mall in nairobi last month. the kenyan military said warplanes bombed and destroyed a training camp used by the islamist group al-s
Al Jazeera America
Oct 28, 2013 7:00am EDT
almost all based on information leaked by former n.s.a. contractor edward snowden suggest the u.s. has been spying on many countries and their leaders, including important u.s. allies. >> the white house denies the report that president obama knew the n.s.a. was eavesdropping on german leader angela merkel. we have the latest. >> a nine member delegation will meet with senior government officials over allegations of widespread spying against leaders. new allegations surfaced that president obama approved spying on german chancellor angela merkel. according to the wall street journal, the president was unaware the n.s.a. was spying on world leaders and ordered the agency to stop some of the monitoring programs after learning of them. >> the president assured the chancellor that the united states is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancellor. >> it's not just the europeans who are upset. over the weekend, thousands marched on washington to express their outrage. >> against mass surveillance and i'm truly honored to speak for all whistle blowers. >> some memb
Al Jazeera America
Oct 27, 2013 11:00pm EDT
from the u.n. general assembly calling for right to privacy on the internet. a draft could be circulated later this week. i talked to al jazeera's national security advisory faisa patel. >> there is embarrassment right now, the socialist government is way, way down in the polls. so the notion that the french government has no control over its destiny that it can't protect itself even against american spying doesn't play well with the elect ral rat. >> faisa do they have a right to be outraged? >> i think so. you have to put this in the context of, parting of ways between europe and the united states, the drone issue being another one just last week, in the u.n. general assembly, there was a big debate about drones and there you had many european countries joining with third world countries to express concern about drones. i think there's also this general sense that maybe the americans have just gone too far in their quest for security and i think that's also part of the equation here. >> but when it comes to the spying how does that rank on the evils of the united states?
Al Jazeera America
Nov 1, 2013 6:00am EDT
reign down on the u.n. syria envoy says opposition and government must be represented at peace talks. first thailand's lower house part of the amnesty bill that may give the prime minister a way back and. >> can you get off my driveway? can you please get off my driveway? >> reporter: toronto mayor under pressure with a video showing him smoking crack cocaine. >> no reason to resign. ♪ we begin with an exclusive report from mali, a poor country in west africa that in the past year have seen fighters and rebels, right now in the capitol politicians are beginning talks on how to stabilize the north, but that maybe a vain hope and rebels tell us they will resume attacks on the army if it continues what it calls ethnic cleansing in an area they hope to turn into an independent state. our reporter mohamed went to meet them. >> it's a source of deep anger among the rebels. civilians crossing the border almost every week with wounds and stories of killing by the mali army. they tell al jazeera how they spent days in chains being beaten and verbally abused. they say soldiers arrested them
Nov 3, 2013 7:00am PST
of a seat on the u.n. security council. but what everyone thinks of the obama administration's handling of the region, the last measure of american foreign policy should be how it is received by the house. if there were a price for most irresponsible foreign policy, it would be surely be awarded to saudi arabia. it is the nation most responsible for the rise of islamic radicalism and militancy across the world. over the past four decades, the kingdoms immense oil wealth has been used to underwrite the export of an extreme intolerant and violent version of islam. go anywhere in the world from germany to indonesia and you will find islamic centers flush with saudi money spouting intolerance and hate. a top treasury official said -- >> if i could snap my fingers and cut off funding from one country, it would be saudi arabia. >> hillary clinton confirmed that saudi arabia remained a critical financial base for terrorism. she also said that there was only limited action to stop flow of funds from taliban and other such terrorists groups. saudi arabia was one of three countries in the world t
Al Jazeera America
Nov 3, 2013 11:00pm EST
people for nothing and arrest people and make them disappear. >> the world's largest u.n. peacekeeping forces - they have been helping the government fight m23. the u.n. hasn't managed to stop atrocities in the 14 years since it's been here, but will find out what happened. >> translation: we know that bodies have been found in the area. the area had been controlled by m23 and has been taken by the army a few days ago. on the u.n. side we are forming a team that will investigate. from the results we'll tell you what we discovered. >> the government says it's investigating, but war crimes are common. the full story may not be uncovered. >> the suspect in friday's shooting at los angeles international airport was able to answer critical questions after he was shot. law enforcement officials said paul ciancia said a friend dropped him at the airport, but he acted alone. paul ciancia killed a t.s.a. employee and four others. >> older americans are against proposals that would cut social security benefits. 60% of americans 50 and older do not want the government to change how it determines
Al Jazeera America
Oct 29, 2013 3:30am EDT
, and for the united states trying to figure out would it get the vote in the counsel, would it have the u.n. backing and legitimacy. so you were trying in that context to remember what all the members who would influence the security council were thinking, what they would be likely to do when the case was presented. >> and a vocal supporter of president bush at the time were they looking at the process and you can't help but over things like economy, strategy. >> some things come up in particular that friends don't spy on friends. use of intelligence is about understanding the world, and things that might happen in another country that would profoundly effect your own. if i'm a senior european official i might want to know what is going on in greece. the future of the european union as europeans know it depends on whether greece follows its austerity plan. the leaders will tell you that but not necessarily all. think about what has happened in the united states over the past 30 days. the whole debt crisis and many european leaders or other world leaders is saying is the united states going to drive
Al Jazeera America
Nov 3, 2013 6:00pm EST
to an . they have made their pleasure known. one by not taking one of the permanent seats on the u.n. security council and deciding not to take part in certain diplomatic and military operations with the u.s. where these things would happen otherwise. this is a chance for the saudis to express their concerns to kerry not just about syria, but also about iran. the saudis are concerned about iranians assuming a greater role in politics. kerry has to listen to these concerns and try to placate the saudis the best he can. >> the first time since egyptian president morsi was doug deposed pictures of him emerge. they are believed to have been filmed secretly in july. >> morsi is to stand trial in a few hours about murder and violence. >> it means a strike against the constitution, this issue violates all of the basics of state institutions. >> we are in cairo with more on that. the egyptian newspapers editor says this was the first of many clips to be ro research releasee coming days. more citmorsi's trial starts ony and the following days. in these clips we believe he will talk about all sorts of m
Oct 27, 2013 5:00pm PDT
for a u.n. resolution. a diplomat said the anger is unlikely to go beyond formal statements. >> on the longer-term after the media has toned down the bigger issue, it will go on as business as usual. that is my expectation. that would not be any real measures. their problem is not that they are spying. the problem is that in a band called as spying. -- that they have been called at spying. they do it for economic reasons. they want to know what europe is going to do. they are afraid that are losing ground. >> shockwaves are being felt. thousands rallied in washington, d.c. venting their anger against nsa and calling for reform. it was billed as the largest in american history. we have more. >> thousands of people gathered on the anniversary of the signing of the patriot act 12 years ago. they believe it was the day and the name of fighting terror their rights were taken away. they believe the trade-off between security and privacy is a false one. >> people here said they are tired of the lies the government has been telling to cover up their massive spying. just a year ago,
Al Jazeera America
Oct 30, 2013 2:00am EDT
. >> that was david shuster. >> u.n. officials confirmed an outbreak of polio, the first time the disease was seen in a decade. there were 10 confirmed polio cases. 12 are being investigated. most tested are babies and toddlers. the disease will spread among half a million children who have not been vaccinated. members of congress heard from victims of a drone strike of the the pakistani family appeared on capitol hill to talk about the attack that left the family matery ark dead. kimberley halket has the story. >> they travelled from north waziristan to the u.s. congress in washington d.c. the goal - to tell americans what happened when a u.s. drone targeted a pakistani family. it was a year ago when zubair rehnan was struck by shrapnel. he was gathering vegables to prepare for an east of eid >> translation: i could see the drone hovering, why would i worry, neither my grandmother or i were militants. when it fired, the ground shook. >> shrapnel from the second drone hit nabila, his sister, later. as she ran she heard the grandmother, the village witch doctor screaming. >> no one told me why my
Oct 31, 2013 5:30am PDT
be a crucial moment in the rebellion of the democratic republic of congo. government fighters backed by the u.n. have retaken the town of boone the gun appeared that happened the same day of the and m23 rebels. the fall comes a day of the un's peacekeeping mission there. it signals a military end of m 23. leaders stops arriving -- top surviving leaders refuse to admit yields at the end of their two-year trial. it is been billed as the chance for reconciliation. prosecutors are demanding life imprisonment for brother number two and ex head of state for the field everilling atrocities which leapt up to 2 million dead in the 1970's. their defiance angered be victims of the brutal regime. bad news for the euro zone -- the unemployment rate at 12.2% for two months in a row. that is a new record. 60,000 europeans lost their jobs last month alone, but when it comes to inflation, that hit a four-year low dropping below 1% . french mobile players are threatening to go on strike. they say they could cancel matches after the last weekend in november over plans for a new super tax on the wealthiest people
Nov 1, 2013 5:30am PDT
. >> thanks very much indeed for that. reporting to us from jerusalem. meanwhile, u.n. and arab league envoy to syria said a peace summit are posed cannot take place without the syrian opposition. so far, some of the opposition politicians are resisting sitting down with the assad regime. >> the syrian government assured me it will participate in the conference. the opposition, whether the syrian national coalition or other parties, they are still speak -- seeking a way to be present at the geneva conference. we hope to have a delegation from opposition. it will be much better for the conference and for syrian. >> also this friday, russian prime minister dmitry medvedev says he hopes to see the geneva peace conference take place by the end of the year. he also said, though, that the departure of us are alassane cannot be a precondition for the talks. as many opposition activists have demanded. four palestinian militants were killed during an israeli raid on the gaza strip overnight. israel sent troops to destroy it tunnel it said was being used by hamas militants to launch attacks on israel.
Al Jazeera America
Nov 2, 2013 11:00am EDT
sides of the border. >>> now asking the u.n. to adopt a resolution to end mass electronic spies. the move comes on the sp the allegations of spying on both sides. the act is expected to be voted on later this month. meanwhile, edward snowdon is reaching out to berlin. >> edward snowdon shows every sign of going native. enjoying a river cruise in moscow. but on thursday he held a three-hour meeting with an mp from the german green party who said their discussions were very revealing. at a press conference friday the mp said snowdon would be willing to come to germany as a witness in any inquiry in the u.s. bugging the phone of chancellor angela merkel. >> he told me he could imagine come to go to germany if it means coming in safety. this means free passage and receiving asylum. the interior minister could help him. >> reporter: snowdon starts his new job in petersburg as a technical adviser with russia's version of facebook, but he may not be happy as they have been given new powers of intercepting of communication. >> it was a warm meeting he would at snowdon's initiative. >> r
Nov 4, 2013 5:00am PST
of children with no access to outside support is on the rise. but the apparently successful mission of u.n. chemical weapons inspectors inside syria have given some hope to humanitarian aid groups, including unicef. >> the importance of advocating with those that have influence on the parties of the conflict to allow access for humanitarian aid workers. the chemical weapons inspection team that have been able to access 18 sites inside syria for the pumps of chemical weapons inspection. we as humanitarians need that same access. there are population trapped in down up to homes, in downtown aleppo, in parts of rural damascus that need our support now. if it's accessible to the chemical weapons inspection team, it should be accessible to humanitarian workers. >> reporter: he says the international community should also be aware of the long-term consequences of the conflict. he says a chronic crisis is unfolding. >> if we don't take steps now to get them back into school, the 2 million children i mentioned that have dropped out inside syria, 500,000 outside syria, then they will not be in a po
Oct 30, 2013 2:00am PDT
international concerns about iran's nuclear ambitions. the head of the u.n.'s international atomic energy agency praised the iranians for their kwoorpgs during the two-day session. >>> records keep falling on wall street. the s&p 500 and the dow soaring to all-time highs yesterday. investors giddy over reports that the federal reserve plans to maintain its market friendly stimulus spending for several more months. that's the look of giddy. the dow finishing up 111 points on tuesday closing at the record high of 15,680. the s&p 500 also at a new high, closing at 1771. >>> president obama's pick to be the next federal reserve chairman is running into a bit of a road block. janet yellen's been dominated but senator rand paul says he intends to hold up the nomination until the senate agrees to vote on the federal transparency act. that measure passed the news 2012 but it stalled in the senate. insisting it is needed so the american people can see what the federal reserve is actually doing with the country's money supply. it's money time in about 15 minutes. christine romans will have much more on th
Oct 28, 2013 3:00pm PDT
on their list because it's too dangerous. that means they've missed an early deadline under a u.n. mandate to destroy syria's chemical arsenal by mid-2014. the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons said today its experts checked 21 of 23 designated sites. they're still hoping for access to the others. funerals were held across iraq today after the latest wave of attacks killed at least 66 people on sunday. well over half the victims were killed in shiite neighborhoods in baghdad. car bombs exploded over 30 minutes, targeting commercial areas. meanwhile, a roadside bomb killed 18 people in a lawless district of eastern afghanistan. most were women and children returning from a wedding. a hurricane-force storm battered britain and northern europe today, killing at least 13 people. we have a report on the damage in britain, from tom clarke of independent television news. >> after hours of rain the worst of the winds arrived on the south coast in the early hours of the morning. by dawn west-facing sea fronts were still factors. >> its agency was out checking the offenses but the
Oct 29, 2013 6:00pm EDT
. >> president robinson, you're the former u.n. high commissioner for human rights. what is the connection between human rights and climate justice, climate change? >> i came to the climate issue from a human rights perspective. i am not a climate scientist, though my foundation very much relies and keeps true to the science. but for me, the shocks of climate change are going to be, and already becoming, the worst a mysterious human rights issue. it is about the future of the world. we have to understand if we go to four degrees celsius, and many people think that is where we are heading -- translate that. >> it would be catastrophic. released able to cope. i found after my work is high commissioner of human rights was finished, i went to new york and had colleagues in washington and geneva focusing on african countries right now and decent work and security. was, things are so much worse. we no longer predictable rainy seasons. our village, where we grew up we had enough food but now we have flash flooding. that brought home to me, this is essentially a human rights issue. >> what is the
Al Jazeera America
Nov 4, 2013 6:00am EST
people and make them disappear. >> reporter: the world's largest u.n. peace keeping forces in congo is helping them fight m-23 and we can't stop it in the 14 years it has been here but say they will find out what happened. >> translator: we all know that bodies have been found in that area. the area has been controlled by m-23 for about one year and that it has been taken by the army just a few days ago. on the u.n. side we quickly form a team which is going to investigate and from the results we are going to tell you what has been discovered. >> reporter: they are investigating two but war crimes are common in the conflicts and the full story may never be uncovered, webb in the district of congo. >> reporter: these interest numbers of congo and huge a population of under 68 million people. life expectancy is low. the average life span is only 48 years. it's also a poor country. 87.7% of the population lives below the poverty line. the bodies of two french journalists killed in mali have been repatriated and they were obducted and murdered in saturday in northern mali and bodies
Oct 28, 2013 5:30pm PDT
thing. >> reporter: germany wants a u.n. resolution to protect the privacy of electronic communications and they're partnering with brazil, another country enraged by n.s.a. spying in order to craft one. and it would be the strongest condemnation of u.s. surveillance to date. >> pelley: margaret brennan at the state department for us tonight. we asked chief white house correspondent major garrett to try to find out how widespread the spying has been and how much the president knew. major? >> reporter: scott, u.s. intelligence agencies have conducted surveillance on 35 world leaders. today we learned president obama knew of some of these operations but not others. top officials tell us the the president does not demand as a rule intelligence on european or south american leaders but does when it comes to places like iran, syria, and north korea. the u.s. surveillance dragnet was so wide the president and top members of congress did not know allies like german chancellor angela merkel were targets. president obama has promised merkel the u.s. will never again tap her personal cell phone--
Oct 31, 2013 5:00pm PDT
by syria and the u.n. security council to turn over chemical weapons for destruction. war was averted. well, today that same senate foreign relations committee met again to be updated on the situation. this comes after the prohibition of chemical weapons announced syria will meet to have all chemical weapon production and mixing facilities destroyed. given the progress made over the intervening months cruising diplomacy instead of military strikes, some senators question the ability of the u.s. military to solve problems around the world. >> we have to approach all of this with a lot of humility given what we've learned after we intervened in iraq and libya in afghanistan after what would go on in syria. and we would have a little bit of humility. >> there's a fatigue that the american public are feeling now about the limits of our efforts in this part of the world as senator markey mentioned. we need to have humility about the effects of our outcofment >> disarming syria is just one issue. the other is is the civil war that has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people and created a hu
Al Jazeera America
Nov 3, 2013 1:00pm EST
,000 have been displaced within the country, according to the u.n. ref eej has been found in niger, mauritania and neighbouring places. northern mali and the people remaining are found to be ipp accessible. they can't get to them pause of the preps of heavily -- presence of heavily armed groups. we visited some of those refugees. >> the school at the refugee camp? southern mauritania should have started on 1 october. the schools are not ready. so this is where and how children spend their time. the other place is this one. at this medical center worried mothers come to seek assistance for their sick babies. the numbers of diseases is alarming m children are dying. this woman brought her sick daughter. >> he was sick, i brought him here. they five him food bags. then they stopped. i begged them to give him treatment. he refused. >> doctors without borders runs a place for malnutrition in the camp. >> since january we raved a flow of refugees in northern mali. in may the situation is to improve. we have high rates of 300 new cases every month. if nothing is done, those children may
Al Jazeera America
Oct 29, 2013 11:00pm EDT
and toddlers. last week the u.n. launched a campaign to immunize children in syria against polio and other diseases. with thousands fleeing, immunizition efforts are stepped up in neighbouring countries >> members of congress heard evidence from victims of a drone attack. a pakistani grandmother was killed a month ago. relatives shared their loss with u.s. lawmakers. kimberley halket has more on their testimony from capitol hill. >> they travelled more than 11,000km from north waziristan, pakistan to the u.s. congress. the goal - to tell americans what happens when u.s. drones target an innocent family. a year ago zubair rehnan was shot by shrapnel, he was gathering vegetables for a special eade dinner. >> translation: i could see the zone overhead. why would i worry, neither my grandmother nor i were militants. when it fired the ground shook and smoke rose up >> shrapnel hit his sister nabila. she said it was hard to stob the bleeding. she her her grandmother, the village screaming. rafiq ur rehman says the loss of his mother devastated his family. >> translation: no one told me why my
Al Jazeera America
Nov 2, 2013 11:00pm EDT
on your life. sweden topped the list as the best place to age, according to a u.n. study. afghanistan was the worst. in a 3-part series, jane ferguson begins in kabul, where seniors struggle to survive. >> for the elderly life is the toughest in the world. that's according to a recent survey which tas afghanistan is the worst -- which says that afghanistan is the worst country to grow old in. in kabul it is common to see elderly men working. children don't have enough income to help. >> this is where elderly come to find out how much they'll get in their pension. if they worked to the state for a number of years, they are entitled to cash. they'll come and look at the details on the list. some getting as little as $10. few are lucky enough to get anything from the state. for many here, that simply means a small amount of food. most are like khoda dawd. he is not sure how old he is, perhaps 65. age doesn't matter for him. he must work to survive. it's gruelling labour, chopping wood. he gets less than $2 for chopping half a tonne of logs. >> this is the $0.70 i have made so far. that's
Oct 29, 2013 7:00pm PDT
by the french, the u.n. and the malian army. maybe this was part of the rescue operation or maybe those were separate operations. we still need to figure this out. the good news is that they are out. the mystery is how they got out. >> alex, what more do we know about where the hostages were held? there have been reports that perhaps they were held in mali. >> we have had reports over the last few days of a negotiating team having been seen. the reports were denied by the french authorities for obvious reasons. the more ongoing sort of knowledge that we as reporters have on what we are regularly informed of is that most probably, hostages are held in the far north of mali, the area which has been the hardest for the french troops to actually gain control of. this is an area which is very close to algeria. they're also moving them into algeria from time to time. >> what about the negotiations? the french have said that there were no envoys sent. it does seem that some negotiations were taking place. but can you tell us about those negotiations and what you have heard? >> it looks as though ba
Oct 28, 2013 6:00pm EDT
-assad would amount to an act of treason. to u.n. arab league envoy syria, lakhdar brahimi, is visiting damascus today in a bid to drum up support for the geneva talks. general as secretary- well as the arab league secretary-general and also me, we all believe the geneva conference is natural and is fruitful,as well as so we are hopeful that this invitation is made to iran. >> at least 66 people were killed sunday in more than a dozen bombings across iraq. the latest violence comes ahead of the iraqi prime minister's visit to washington this week. he is seeking speedier delivery of u.s. weaponry, including drones and f-16 jets. the obama administration is asking congress to hold off on new sanctions against iran. at a white house meeting, top officials asked for the continued delay of the senate banking committee measure targeting iranian oil. the administration wants to stall the new sanctions pending the outcome of ongoing talks over iran's nuclear program. in an interview with voice of america, the lead u.s. negotiator on iran said she expects congress to ck it sanctions pause. >> we
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Oct 31, 2013 2:00pm EDT
chemical weapons. the move is one part of the deal approved by the u.n. security council last month. more jef refugees finding themss stranded on the syrian side of the border amnesty international says there are indication that his jordan and several other countries are closing check points without notice. jordan, lebanon, turkey, iraq and egypt are dealing with a gained total of more than 2 million syrian refugees. iraq's mime minister says terrorists got a second chance to thrive in iraq because of syria's civil war, told an audienn
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Nov 3, 2013 7:00am EST
the n.s.a. this time it involves spying on u.n. secretary ban ki-moon. the "new york times" says the intelligence agencies intercepted talking points prior to moon's visit to president obama last april. the disclosure was considered an operational highlight in a top-secret report. the white house is not commenting on the article. there are reports that the administration ordered an end to surveillance of the organization. >> pakistan is re-evaluating relationships with the u.s. after the drone strike killed a top level ofcial. hakimullah mehsud was buried secretly. pakistan's ministers denounced the killing saying it sabotaged peace talks. >> efforts have been ambushed. it was not a fire from the front. it was an ambush. we see it as an ambush. >> some lawmakers went as farce as to demand u.s. supply lines into afghanistan be stopped. >> authorities filed murder charges against a man they say opened fire inside terminal 3 inside los angeles airport. officials say the shooter ignored ticket and baggage handlers, but was intent on taking out his rage on t.s.a. agents. brian rooney
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Oct 31, 2013 9:00am EDT
in the united states that's authorized under u.s. law where the government and n.s.a. can approach companies and compel them with a court order to hand over details about specific individuals in their emails. this is a much more in discriminate approach. >> it just looks like it's just spiraling out of control, the whole spying allegation. why do you think they feel there's a need to go outside of the u.s.? >> well, it's interesting, because there are laws in the u.s. that restrict the kinds of things these intelligence agencies do, like going outside the u.s., they are not subject to u.s. law, so we don't know exactly where the documents do not specify where the points at which these -- the data's being vacuumed up are, but they're outside the united states, so the agency doesn't have to comply with u.s. law. the agency said it is doing everything in order to obtain valuable intelligence about the hostile entities, and that it is not trying to get around u.s. law. the companies themselves are very angry, google said it's outraged that needs for urgent reforms are necessary and going to beef
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Oct 29, 2013 3:00am PDT
is unconstitutional. >>> the u.n. delegating a committee for the job of coming up of stopping an asteroid. >> he's an nba hall of famer known as the greatest point guard ever. john stockton, 19 seasons with the utah jazz, original dream teamer. now he's adding one more accomplishment: author. check out this book. his autobiography for every kid who wants to play sports. it comes out today and is called "assisted." first off, why is this book the right time to put it out now? >> it's a good time in my life to do something different. i had time on my hands until the kids got out of school and started sports. i'm coaching a bunch of their teams. it gave me a chance to use my education a little bit. >> you say you're one of the most unlikely people to get to the hall of fame, in fact most unlikely to get to the nba. why? >> i didn't fit any of the profiles. i'm a very small guy and there's nothing about me that stood out. i needed teammates to be good. i didn't go out there and score a million points or do anything by myself. i needed guys around me. little by little things pointed in that directio
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Nov 2, 2013 4:00pm EDT
and brazil are angry over spy allegations by the n.s.a. a move following the u.s. spied on the leaders of both countries, saying the collection of personal data constitutes a personal act. the resolution will be voted on at the united nations later this month. >> the chemical weapons deployment in syria is looked at as a time of peace. millions have been uprooted fro their homes. questions of life and death stems from basic concerns - food, water, medicine. with the onset of winter the challenge to survive is growing daunting. on friday the united nations high commissioner for refugees made a call to the international community asking for more aid. we are joined by noah, a policy advisor for oxfam. he returned from the region where he manages the humanitarian efforts. talk about what you have seen out there. how bad is it? >> thank you for having me. there's more than 2 million people who have been displaced in the region, displaced to neighbouring countries and 5 million displaced in the country. 7 million are in need of assistance, about a third of the population. in u.s. terms it's
Oct 31, 2013 4:00am PDT
that no one's hands are clean and that the u-s not only spies on its allies. but its meanwhile, intel chiefs denied reports of n-s-a surveillance on millions of calls in france and spain. the head of the n-s-a told lawmakers that a sweep on phone records overseas was carried out by european governments, not the u-s. a senate committee will hear testimony on the federal background check process in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the washington navy yard. federal officials including the acting director of the office of personnel management are expected to appear. the committee is examining the process of background checks and security clearances following the sept. 16 shooting in which former navy reservist aaron alexis killed 12 people before being shot and killed by police. the shooting raised questions of how alexis was able to obtain and hold onto a security clearance despite past brushes with the law and concerns about his mental health. president obama dealing with the fallout the affordable care act's enrollment problems. speaking from boston, the president said he's not happy nei
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Nov 2, 2013 6:00pm EDT
. if there was a mistake admitting it, it will help the u.s. effort. >> transparency you think will paying a difference. what is the n.s.a. doing. americans should know, people abrode. who are we striking in the drone strikes. americans should know and people overseas. >> a lot of people don't know the scale of the programs. >> thank you for being in. we appreciate it. >> in france, protest in favour of jobs and against taxes continued into the evening. more than 10,000 fill the streets of kampala. facing police using tear gas. government promised tax increases of $4 billion to reduce the deficit. >> several thousands here in brittany in north-west france are furious about the ecotax that the president, francis hollande, wants to introduce. he's already backtracked slightly. he says he'll suspend it for more talks. the people here want it scrapped altogether. they say it will jeopardise their livelihoods. brittany has been hit hard by factory closures, mainly in the food processing business. they say they are buying undercut by cheap labour elsewhere in the european union and are particularly angry abo
Oct 28, 2013 3:00am PDT
services weren't trying to collect information with u.s. interests home and abroad. >> reporter: the no. 2, former number two n.cia, mike burrell on "60 minutes" calling this the most serious classified information in the history of the u.s. intelligence community. kate, we can expect more revelations coming out over the coming days and weeks and more scrambling and the administration to respond. >> it shows for the signs of slowing down now. thank you for starting us off. another big story in walk. pressure is mounting against health and human services secretary kathlene sebelius as yet another setback hits the obama care website. its data center crashed sunday, stopping enrollment in all 50 states, cnn's athena jones is following the development in the white house this morning. have they figured out what went wrong here? >> good morning, kate, it's a website crash. i can tell you the man that the president put in charge of fixing health care, says it will be running smoothly by the end of november. fought befo not before another major meltdown because of this crash. absolutely no one was
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